Whale and dolphin sightings continue to be very hot

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island

Two Minke whales like this one were seen today.

2017 06-09 SB Channel Whale and dolphin sightings continue to be very hot. 800 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 humpback whale, 2 Minke whales and 8 blue whales were seen today on the Condor Express.  We found partly sunny with patchy fog conditions and flat, calm seas.    There are so many whales in our region of the Santa Barbara Channel that … Read More

blue whales again plus humpback and dolphins too

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa Island

Spouting in the wind - a blue whale

2017 06-06 SB Channel Captain Dave ran another wild and crazy trip across the midriff region of the Santa Barbara Channel.  Along the way he encountered 1 humpback whale, 300 long-beaked common dolphins and 4 blue whales.  Conditions were calm but skies had that June/stratus for which our coastal waters have become infamous.  Don’t fret.  This weather pattern should break … Read More

Giant blue whales are sure fun to watch

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island

Giant blue whales were abundant today.

2017 06-05 SB Channel Captain Dave took the helm of the Condor Express and ran across the Santa Barbara Channel to our recent blue whale hot spot near Santa Rosa Island.  Sightings for the day included 6 blue whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  There were patches of fog here and there and a low (typical June) stratus layer otherwise.  … Read More

4 blue whales, 2 humpback whales and more

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa Island

Humpback whale
Humpback whale tail flukes waterfall

2017 06-04 SB Channel There was a marine layer of low stratus clouds all day, and in spots it was down on the deck.  Nevertheless, Captain Eric and his crew had another epic adventure in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  4 blue whales, 2 humpback whales and at least 3,000 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched.  This is a great … Read More

The blue whales were spectacular

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island

Blue whale spout !

2017 06-03 SB Channel Captain Eric and his crew on the Condor Express located and watched 3 blue whales and 25 long-beaked common dolphins today.  Conditions consisted of calm seas but with fog, sometimes dense, in the Santa Barbara Channel.  The blue whales were spectacular. The Condor headed east and soon a small herd of dolphins located the boat south … Read More

Our early blue whale season continues…8 seen today.

Bob Perryblue whales, bottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa Island

The blue streaks - blue whales glow just beneath the surface.

2017 06-02 SB Channel Our early blue whale season continues as a wonder-filled trip to Santa Rosa Island waters resulted in a fantastic list of marine mammal sightings.  Eight blue whales, 50 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 15 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today.  It was a day with patches of sun that occasionally broke through the fog and low … Read More

Another fabulous excursion with blue whales, common and offshore bottlenose dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, bottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, Santa Barbara

Offshore bottlenose dolphin

2017 06-01 SB Channel Another fabulous excursion on the Condor Express with sightings that included 6 blue whales, 50 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 800 long-beaked common dolphins.  Seas were calm and skies started out overcast but cleared nicely as the trip progressed. Just outside Santa Barbara Harbor a large, spread-out group of common dolphins found the boat, as they have … Read More

A wonderful Santa Barbara Channel excursion today

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel

Humpback whale.

2017 05-30 SB Channel 2 blue whales, 4 humpback whales and over 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins made for a wonderful Santa Barbara Channel excursion today.  Conditions were flat and calm.  Skies were covered by thin, high stratus.  It was warm. Southeast of Santa Barbara Harbor there were countless small pods of dolphins stretched out and feeding over several miles of … Read More

Rope and her calf, plus 2 blue whales, plus 2,000 common dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island

Blue whale tail flukes waterfall.

2017 05-29 Memorial Day Rope and her calf, plus 2 blue whales, plus 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins created a memorable day for all.  It was a day with a thin marine layer that got a little bit breezy during the late afternoon.  It was another epic day on the Condor Express. Just past the outer entrance buoy to Santa Barbara … Read More

What a great day it was

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Santa Barbara

"Rope," the humpback whale was seen at the surface, feeding.

2017 05-28 SB Channel What a great day it was as we watched 8 humpback whales (including Rope and her calf again!), and 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins.  The day started out calm, cool and foggy, slowly got sunny with a pleasant sea breeze. Several hundred dolphins found the boat about 1/2 – mile out from Santa Barbara Harbor and were … Read More